Students undertaking Information and Communication Technology related courses have been challenged to play key role in the agricultural sector by developing applications that can support farmers to overcome challenges hindering the growth of the sector.
The call was made by Dr. Drake Patrick Mirembe, an ICT Innovator Specialist while addressing 35 students at the Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) who are undergoing capacity Building Training to develop Application to be used in the Agricultural sector .
“Agriculture sector requires the support of all professionals to develop. Farmers need to adopt the modern technology being developed by scientist and other related stakeholders in the ICT sector. The current challenge which most farmers are facing can be addressed by the application of ICT,” he said.
Mirembe noted that the Agricultural sector has unexploited market for ICT related innovation “but such market opportunities have not been exploited by Ugandan Apps developers which has negatively impacted on the growth of the sector which is considered to be the back bone of the Country’s Economy.”
According to Mirembe, the major areas which the IT students should focus more on include developing application that can support farmers to access quality market for their produce and monitoring outbreak of diseases and pests.
She also urged the students to develop applications that can help farmers get access to finance and extension services which is key in improving agricultural production both in the crop and livestock sectors respectively.
The 35 Students undergoing the capacity building training were selected from various Universities across the country. They are undergoing a five-day training at UTAMU University under the University’s (UTAMU Hacks Program) which is being funded by the Uganda Communication Commission.
Professor Jude Lubega the Vice Chancellor of the University said the best students will be awarded by the commission and those found to be with justifiable projects will be supported to develop their ideas into tangible products that can support the Agriculture sector in the country.